Be Prepared!

Self reliance doesn’t end with making sure that you have enough to eat in the event of an emergency. There are many other ways that you will need to take care of yourself. You will be responsible for supplying many of the services that you probably take for granted.

Emergency Power

Problem

In the event of an emergency, one of the first things that is likely to go out is power. When the power goes out you will loose lights, refrigeration, and power for communication.

General Advice

The easiest thing to do when the lights go out is to just use the daylight you have. Many people wake up at 8:00am and then go to bed at 10:00pm or later at night.

 

The first thing you will want to do is shift your schedule to the daylight in your area, wake up when the sun comes up at 5:00am and go to bed at 8:00pm at night. This will allow you to use the most of the daylight with no additional use of power.

GIJeff’s Advice

You will need some source of light for after the sun goes down, and the most obvious thing to use is some form of flashlight. Most flashlights use batteries and there is no way you can stock enough batteries for the long haul.

 

What you will need is a flashlight that can be recharged, and solar is the best form of recharging available. Hand crank flashlights are another great solution, and are also inexpensive. I use hand crank flashlights everyday use myself.

 

Not having to worry about batteries being dead or needing charged is a relief and makes hand crank flashlights very practical.

Emergency Heat

Problem

Unless you are heating with wood, any other kind of heat source will not work if you lose electricity.

 

If you have an oil fired furnace and the trucks stop running, you are not going to have any oil delivered, and your oil fired furnace won’t work without electricity to run your burner or fan for the oil you have.

 

Even if you have a gas fired furnace, it will require electricity to run your blower to get heat into your house.

General Advice

You can try to heat your house with wood. The problem is that most houses do not have chimneys for wood fired heat.

 

Even if you do have a chimney, most people do not have the wood burning stoves that would allow you to heat with wood efficiently.

 

Another problem with wood is that it doesn’t deliver itself, and you will need to go get it from whatever source you can find.

GIJeff’s Advice

The good news is that in the event of an emergency where you lose power, your gas is still likely to work.

 

To use this gas still coming into your house, you will need a natural gas fired radiant heater.

 

These heaters are a good choice because they are readily available and they do not require electricity to run.

Canning Food

Problem

Super Markets typically have enough food for only about two days.

 

If the delivery trucks stop running, the shelves in the market will be empty, and you will need to depend on the food stocks you have stored.

 

Our dehydrated and freeze-dried food will sustain you for the longterm , but you will want to supplement your diet with fresh food when it is available.

General Advice

The solution to keeping fresh food edible throughout the year was known by your grandmother.

 

You can store fresh food in your pantry for years if you can it.

 

Canning only requires some reusable glass jars, the one-time purchase of a canning pot, and the time it takes to learn the recipes.

GIJeff’s Advice

We provide canning pots, canning jars, and standard instructions for canning delicious fruits, vegetables, soups, and stews.

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Be Prepared!

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